It’s the very first Sunday of the new year so let’s get 2015 off to a bang with a Badger! There’s been far too much merry-making going on for my liking just recently and so I’ve decided to stray into that dark area of library shelving which houses the Supernatural Specials for this week’s book. Just take a look at that cover – it’s me old pal The Horned One himself! He’s looking very red from the infernal heat of all that roaring hellfire no doubt and sporting a rather louche pointed goatee beard, Lucifer sternly faces his quarry. But just what is this young lady wearing? The sheer netted skirt/playsuit combo was no doubt the very height of fashion at the time perhaps but when you’re up against Beelzebub you might find yourself in a proper fix if similarly attired and no mistake! It’s covers like this that the word lurid was invented to describe.
“If this was only a dream…. Why couldn’t she wake?”
I can’t answer that one except to say that if that’s what she went to bed wearing then she was asking for trouble!
The author Leo Brett was – you guessed it – a pseudonym, it was actually penned by Fanthorpe and fellow writer Harry O. Mansfield.
Black Infinity by Leo Brett
(Supernatural Special serial Number SN44)
This version was published in 1961 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Harry Fox